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Keota tourney hit twice by COVID-19

Girls basketball teams affected by positive test of visitors

Keota's Bailey Sieren (white) hustles for a loose ball in a loss to Class 1A's No. 1 Montezuma last season in Keota. (Doug Brenneman/Union)
Keota's Bailey Sieren (white) hustles for a loose ball in a loss to Class 1A's No. 1 Montezuma last season in Keota. (Doug Brenneman/Union)

KEOTA — The coronavirus struck again with a last-second phone call affecting Keota’s planned basketball tournament Friday and Saturday.

The original lineup for the tournament had the girls teams from Highland, Lone Tree, Iowa Valley and Keota playing.

The pathogen’s effects on the tournament started earlier last week when Highland had to withdraw.

Highland has changed to virtual learning at the high school due to a lack of healthy bus drivers to take the students to school. Because of that, the Huskies are not eligible to participate in extra curricular activities, so they withdrew from the tournament.

Keota athletic director Rod Hill was able to add Centerville to the tournament to replace Highland.

The tournament was to have its first game Friday to be Centerville playing Iowa Valley with Keota and Lone Tree playing the second game.

Centerville won 69-30, taking a 28-2 lead in the first quarter. Claire Mathews had 22 points in the win.

Lone Tree arrived at Keota to play the Eagles in the second game, but never took the court.

“It is just a weird year,” Hill said. “Lone Tree showed up and before they got off the bus, they received a phone call that one of their players had tested positive for COVID-19, so they could not play.”

In a generous act to help out, Centerville stayed and played Keota with most of their non-starters from the varsity team.

“They beat Keota by about ten points, but I don’t have the exact score,” Hill said.

It was not posted on the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union as an official game.